Upper Grades Handbook HERE

CURRICULUM


6th Grade Courses


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  1. Humanities  |  Literacy & Ancient Civilizations
  2. Mathematics
  3. Integrated Science  |  Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry
  4. Studio Art
  5. Explorations Research Project
  6. Physical Education
  7. Concentration Introductions: Studio Art,
    Music & Technology, Dance
    * students choose two each year
  8. Advisory

7th Grade Courses

  1. Humanities  |  Literacy & American History
  2. Mathematics
  3. Integrated Science  |  Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry
  4. Studio Art
  5. Physical Education
  6. Concentration Course: Studio Art, Music & Technology, Dance, or Physical Education
  7. Advisory

8th Grade Courses

  1. Humanities  |  Literacy & American History
  2. Mathematics
  3. Integrated Science Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry
  4. Music & Technology
  5. Physical Education
  6. 2nd Year Concentration Course: Studio Art, Integrated Algebra, Dance, or Physical Education
  7. Advisory

HOMEWORK POLICY

Arts & Letters believes that completing homework assignments dramatically increases the power of classroom learning experiences.  The research supports this belief: on standardized tests, homework-completing middle schoolers outperformed non-completers by 35%.

Our Primary Purposes of Homework

  • Demonstrate understanding of class goals and objectives and practice new skills
  • Prepare the students for the next class meeting
  • Learn how to take and manage responsibility for one’s own learning
     

GRADING & ASSESSMENT

At Arts & Letters, we have four marking periods each year.
Students are evaluated based on two criteria:

  • Demonstrations of Learning, which show how well the student is mastering the required skills or content and
  • Scholarly Habits of Work, as outlined in the Scholarly Habits of Work Rubric.


J U P I T E R  G R A D E S
Teachers are expected to upload grades to Jupiter Grades for their students every two weeks, with posting dates published on our web calendar. Your child’s advisor will give you your password and instructions about how to log in to the system from any computer or smart phone, as well as how to sign up for emails that can be sent to you directly if a child misses an assignment, is late, or receives a poor grade.